A Namesake Book

image for the beige-brown chapter

Well, actually this blog is named for a book that’s been a side project for a few years and is now nearly complete. It’s a collection of food-related notes on growing, harvesting, and prep methods I’ve evolved, combining a commitment to eat as much wild and home-grown food as possible with an over-full life of unrelated passions and pursuits.

The book is also conceived in the ancient tradition of books — that is, handmade. There will be a very limited edition of entirely handwritten, hand-printed, hand-painted books as well as a mechanically reproduced edition at a non-artwork price. Though it’s unlikely to be available in the next few weeks, it will be soon and I’m delighted to share that I’ve recently located a printer of art books who can match the format and use a rich, heavy paper to duplicate the originals.

initial proof for red chapter

It’s divided into chapters by color, an approach I’ve used for over 30 years to maintain a balanced diet without excessive thinking. I’ve found that most homecooking-leaning-toward-homesteading advice and recipes presume a lifestyle centered around the kitchen. The techniques I want to share enable one to be doing non-kitchen things a whole lot more while increasing the deep nutrition.

opening image proof

Sustenance For A Wild Woman is looking like about 65 pages of text plus a dozen or so carved-block images. The visuals in this post are a few of the initial proofs for the prints. The decorative text in each are side notes roaming from the philosophical to the pragmatic.

The final image, shown below, is inspired by a traditional story related to cacao. Since cacao is something I love but will never grow, and the story is not my own, the text is largely about its graphic element and is intentionally printed in reverse. A slightly quirky artist book that is full of possibly interesting or useful information as well. If you are interested in further details when it becomes available, you could leave a comment below or sign up for the occasional newsletter at my general website here . In the meantime, warm harvest time regards to all!

uncolored double-page preliminary proof, Cacao.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne says:

    Just beautiful, Laurie. The text is rich and the integration with your art makes it truly special.


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